The Gin Kitchen distils gin with racecourse turf

Dec 12, 2018by Owen Bellwood

Surrey-based distillery The Gin Kitchen has created a new gin that has been distilled with turf from Lingfield Park racecourse.

Lovely Lingfield Gin has been made with botanicals from the estate, including bramley apples, lavender, rosehip, lemon, mint and turf taken from the track. Kate Gregory, co-founder of The Gin Kitchen, said: “We’re thrilled with the results; we’ve never used turf before but loved the idea – we had no idea how good it would taste.” The gin will be served at bars across the racing resort, and the owners of winning horses will be given a bottle of Lovely Lingfield Gin and two Lingfield Park balloon gin glasses instead of a trophy. Clerk of the course George Hill said: “We wanted to make winning at Lingfield a bit different considering we’re one of the busiest [racecourses] in Europe.” Lovely Lingfield Gin is bottled in The Gin Kitchen’s signature porcelain bottles and features a new design created by Lingfield Park Resort. Helen Muncie, co-founder of The Gin Kitchen, said: “It’s been a lovely process working with the Lingfield staff and having them choose the botanicals, and come into the distillery to experiment with them.” Earlier this year, the Surrey-based distillery launched a colour-changing expression that turns pink when mixed with tonic water.